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Newbie getting schooled on 6.0 PSDs
Like the thread title states....learning a painful lesson.
But first....I want to thank everyone here for their expertise and generosity in sharing their life's lessons. I've leaned soooooo much in the last few days.
Vehicle: 2005 F-350 King Ranch, bought use with 40K. 102K now. Preformed (what I thought, as a gasser) routine maintainance. LOL....ignorant first time diesel owner. Excellent truck until recently.....on a trip from Texas to Florida and back.
Water in fuel msg, pull over on side of I-10 in dark and drain separator.....soaked head to toe in diesel. Shower at next truck stop....light stays off rest of way to Florida. Next morning, light on again....dealer cleans and replaces sensor.....no more problems - $180, for a week that is. Head west.....FICM craps out in Biloxi.....dealer again 1,100 repair. Runs great.....hit the interstate again and about an hour later dreaded wrench light comes on. Pull over, call dealer ASAP and reassured vehicle will be fine until I get home....about 500 miles. Light goes off each time I stop to gas up, only to come again 30-45 min later. Truck runs fine!!!!! No power loss.
Get home and scurry through posts.....many reasons for wrench light. Take to local dealer and they can't get to it for a week and it'll be 100 bucks to investigate....no problem until then, they say. Me not thinking the same. Light stays off for local driving....now thinking maybe the Flashing upgrade cause a temporay misccomunication......opposite, more sensitive to systems
Then I drive to Austin......light comes on.....I swing by COVERT FORD (I will always give them my buisness) and leave running and ask them to pull codes. They immediately investigate (and they were swamped) and the diesel mechanic COMES OUT and actually speaks with me for over 30 minutes. Explains that Oil Cooler is restricted but EGR seems fine, for now....Toss him a 20 and baby it home and begin research.....this is where y'all come in......
Once I search oil cooler restriction......a wealth of information pops up, which leads to more and more and more. OMG soooooo much info, advice, guides. Y'all are great!!!! I think I have a grasp of the situation......Ford designed a POS!!!!! But these problems have seem to been identified and solutions are available......at the cost of those before me.
Where I am today: (or thought I was until a few minutes ago)
Truck has been sitting in drive for 3 days now......no leaks.....until this morning. I go to check on things and see a puddle underneath, still dripping from Degas bottle.....which is now empty with white residue on various things underneath. It's been sitting....what happened since yesterday...LOL. Only about a pint.
Repairs/upgrade that I was planning, but maybe I ought to do more:
1. Flush, get gold crap out replace with silicate free
2. Clean turbo since I have it out.
3. Replace ERG with BPD EGR cooler....don't want delete. clean/replace valve as needed
4. Replace oil cooler, can't find upgrade to stock. and can't afford/or think BPD's bypass is worth the extra money now that I better understand how to keep it clean.
5. Add sinister coolant filter....great idea!!!!!
6. Replace fuel pressure spring.....for $75...no brainer
This was all I was going to do, and can afford at this point.
Was going to add something to monitor temps and pressures later when I have more cash.
7. Head bolts.....tedious job, expensive, and time consuming. THIS is where my concern came in this morning.....
Advice being sought:
Since this is the first sign of coolant loss....what are the chances the head gaskets are still intact? Can I check them? Run a compression test or something else?
I have yet to tear into any of this.....so i have no idea what shape the EGR cooler is in.
*****But first I want to flush the cooling system and crud-up the old coolers. My major concern is the water coming from the degas bottle and my need to drive the truck for so long during the flushing procedure. If the heads are OK now....can I blow them trying to flush?
I know, i know rather lengthy....but I hope I painted a picture of the problems and the solutions, as I seem them.
Any advice, concerns, comments are most welcome......
I love this truck and plan on keeping it until I pass on.....with the reccomendations I've read.....once completed, it should fuflill my wishes.